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The Mousetrap (II)

Part 1 As for the post-Soviet Russia on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s dismemberment, it does not appear to be in good shape either. Anders Äslund, a Swedish economist formerly influential among the Russia’s “liberal reformers”, noted in late 2009: “The country’s economic performance has […]

The Mousetrap (I)

The coming December will mark the completion of two decades of the post-Soviet era.The anniversary of the destruction of the Soviet Union – the world’s second superpower – is an appropriate moment to venture an integral assessment of the tectonic geopolitical shift which left the international community sinking into chaos […]

NATO’S “Drang Nach Osten”

Since the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has made no secret of its goal to expand to the east, as well as into North and sub-Saharan Africa.After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet bloc, many observers believed that […]

US in Afghanistan: Leaving To Stay

One of the most high-profile events in the international politics in June was the announcement by the US president Barack Obama on the withdrawal of the US troops from Afghanistan. Meeting his election pledges, Obama initiated the conclusion of the military operation by the United States and their allies on […]

Washington’s Afghan Endgame

US President Barack Obama’s announced phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan prompted an immediate surge of articles and comments in the international media; analyses and even forecasts by experts; and estimates and calculations by the military. The assessments often directly contradict each other, even though their authors cite the same […]

Libya: Absurdity Grows

For three months «no-flight zone» over Libya is being secured. Even this simple phrase, a single sentence, is enough for expressing the entire absurdity of this Middle-Eastern war. Libya is still being bombed. NATO aviation makes 50–60 operation flights a day in average, hunting the so-called military objects of Colonel […]